Fashion trends affect not only the appearance and style of clothing, but also the home interior - from the current wall decoration to the colors of the curtains. There are so many trends that it is difficult not to get confused. The key to the correct choice of stylish window decoration is taking into account all the features of the interior.
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In most cases, window decoration is an integral part of a stylish interior. You can afford the absence of curtains only on the top floor of a building or with panoramic windows with a mirrored outer side; in other cases, curtains are necessary.
"Correct" curtains can save an uncomplicated interior, and "wrong" ones can ruin an ideal design idea.
Today, unusual novelties in window decoration and time-tested options with the use of new textures and trend shades are relevant.
A traditional and familiar tandem of light fabrics (tulle) and dense fabrics (curtains). In the modern interpretation, they are a combination of a monochromatic light fabric of different colors from milky to graphite, with printed curtains. The print can be absolutely anything: floral motifs, inscriptions, portraits, stylization, and whatever the designer's soul desires.
The classic is universal for all types of premises. It differs in the type of fabrics (for example, jacquard for the living room and blackout for the bedroom), according to the method of fastening: on loops, on hooks, on eyelets (on rings), on ties, on a drawstring (put on a barbell), according to the method of decoration: hooks, magnets, cords, curtain tape.
A common design option for a living room is curtains with a lambrequin. It covers the part of the cornice on which the curtains are fixed, and the composition takes on a decorative and complete look. However, it is important to consider that the lambrequin is not intended for rooms with low ceilings, since it visually reduces their height.
The second name by which they are known is scalloped. They are a canvas that is collected in horizontal folds with the help of special laces or ribbons. They run along the wrong side of the fabric through several rows of loops or rings. If the cords are loosened, the curtain hangs straight, only soft puff folds remain along the lower edge. Open curtains gather in voluminous flounces, giving the window a festive look.
Austrian curtains are made from fabrics of different grades and densities. The most popular products with shiny surfaces are silk, cambric, taffeta or polyester. They close the window tightly enough and look original. For light curtains, translucent flying fabrics are chosen, which give the window an airiness.
If you combine the features of classic curtains with a lambrequin and scalloped curtains, you get what is commonly called French curtains. They consist of two vertical draped canvases and one horizontal part, reminiscent of a lambrequin made of puffs.
These curtains can be combined with sheer or colored tulle. It is better to choose the canvases themselves from a monochromatic and well-draped fabric.
This is a one-piece canvas that is draped along the upper edge with a curtain tape.
At the same time, there are as many variations of drapery as there are types of curtain tapes:
- Pillars - neat folds identical to each other in one row. The quantity and density is regulated by the laces and the width of the fabric;
- Puffs. Unlike columns, they give the opposite effect - uneven folds. When assembled, they resemble a "waffle" surface, therefore "Waffle" is the second name for this type of drapery;
- Pencil. Leading in simplicity and versatility. Similar to posts, but less folds.
- Goblets (cups, glasses). The name of this species is self-explanatory, since the folds are similar in shape to graceful glasses. Of all types of drapery, they are the most luxuriant.
- Bows. Simple bows formed by folds towards each other;
- "Butterfly". In appearance it is similar to rhombuses. For the tie, you need 4 cords in a tape;
- Counter folds.
- Fan. "French assembly" of a series of fans with 4-5 feathers.
You can buy ready-made curtains or buy a ribbon from the sewing accessories department and stitch it to the top edge of the fabric.
The pleats are assembled with a few simple movements using the laces in the ribbon. Their density can be adjusted by changing the assembly factor.
In accordance with the name, they fit best with the ethnic style in the interior, since the print variations on the curtains are very limited here. Characteristically English pattern prevails: a cage, a strip, small-sized printed flowers, roses. They are more decorative than practical.
Cascading assembly (when the canvas forms folds, gathering from bottom to top on ribbons on both sides) makes them not too lush and appropriate not only in the living room, but also in the kitchen, bedroom, nursery.
A combination of two or sometimes three light translucent or transparent canvases. The upper parts are fixed on the cornice and are placed on top of each other, and the lower ones are pulled apart. The more the fabric shines through, the more elegant the window looks.
You can decorate most rooms in the house with flowing folds.
Crossed curtains do not move apart, so the material should allow enough light to pass through, and the fabric itself should be draped beautifully. Cuts of fabric of different sizes in length and width will form asymmetry that is fashionable in the design of the room.
In children's drawings, there are often curtains on the windows that do not move to the middle, but are gathered on the sides of the window and tied with a beautiful ribbon, braid, tassels. This is what classic Italian curtains look like.
Modern models are not only tied up, but pulled together with cords, passed through rings or tucked into special holders.
An important nuance: for the curtains to look perfect, the ceiling height must be at least 3 meters
As for the choice of fabric, for such curtains it is worth choosing something expensive and luxurious: silk, satin, velvet and other noble materials.
They differ from ordinary curtains in that they consist of several dense fabrics with weights in the lower part, which do not allow them to bend. The sliding system works like a blind, it can be one-sided or central.
A new technique in window decoration based on pleated blinds technology. Closed Roman canvases tightly close the window, even if it is recessed into a niche, and when open, they gather in an "accordion" to the middle or over the entire surface.
Convenient in those rooms where you need to save space.
By the principle of action, they are similar to the Roman ones, but they do not fold, but are wound on a reel using a manual or electronic control mechanism. The canvas can be made from different types of fabrics, including blackout for the bedroom.
According to the assembly method, they can be either rolled or Roman, but at the same time they are not fixed close to the window and consist not of one canvas, but of several independent ones. They are made of beautiful translucent fabrics reminiscent of rice paper and tied with ribbons. Their main purpose is window decoration in order to cover up an unfortunate landscape.
As the name implies, they are made from natural materials. There can be three types: wicker fabric, which is wound on a shaft, pleated curtains and vertical curtains, which are folded "accordion". The latter type is intended for zoning a room and instead of interior doors.
Bamboo curtains look beautiful, expensive, and the unique properties of the plant make them durable and healthy, as bamboo kills germs.
Popular in modern interiors, the type of window decor is mainly represented by two types: horizontal and vertical blinds.
- Horizontal are more functional, designed for minimalistic interiors and protection from outside light and prying eyes. Appropriate in the kitchen, bedroom, office.
- Vertical ones have a decorative function. Their width makes it possible to experiment with materials and colors. You can find fabric products, plastic, aluminum, wood, bamboo, combined, 3D photocurtains and models made of threads (rain, noodles).
This is a shortened version of the curtains, which is attached to the two-level cornice at the bottom and top edges with a drawstring. Suitable for kitchen and bathroom.
A distinctive feature of the curtains is that they are designed for narrow and high windows, and in the middle they are pulled together with ribbons, bows or laces. You can decorate the assembly site with decorative items.
By the principle of fastening, they are similar to screen curtains. When put on a round barbell, they have the ability to move freely to the left and right.
The color or pattern on the canvas during assembly should not be greatly distorted, therefore, plain colors and simple prints are suitable.
A cloth made of threads (muslin, "rain", beads, and other forms of plastic, wood or textiles) is attached to the cornice and hangs down to the floor. Such curtains give the room an exotic, bohemian look, but at the same time they function perfectly, at the same time protecting from prying eyes and letting in enough light. They can be used both on windows and as interior curtains in the doorway.
All design ideas flow from three main directions: historical style, ethnic, modern.
Historical style today the luxury and chic of Victorian castles, Baroque, Renaissance, Art Nouveau find their embodiment. These also include Classicism and Neoclassicism, Empire, Romanesque and Greek styles
Whatever direction is chosen as a dominant, the resulting interior should be synonymous with respectability and genuine beauty.
To achieve this effect, it is not necessary to purchase antiques and order stucco moldings on the ceiling from the master; it is enough to use stylization from solid modern materials. Still, it's hard to live among things that resemble museum exhibits, and it will be problematic to maintain order in such a house.
Ethnic styles very popular in interior design. With their help, it is very easy to reflect the interests and preferences of the owner of the apartment, using the national motives of a particular country
For pedantic personalities who are inclined to maintain perfect order in a cozy home, variations on the theme of the English style will be interesting.
For ascetics, the Indian style will suit, for sophisticated personalities and romantics - the entourage of oriental fairy tales.
For adherents of everything natural - Russian style, Moroccan, Mediterranean, African.
Democratic sentiments can be easily reflected in the American style, and you can get as close to modernity as possible with the help of modernity.
Modern trends take into account people's need for free space, saving on household items and the need for self-expression. They are the most varied and varied in terms of room decoration
Minimalism, techno, hi-tech can use roller shutters and blinds, glossy, plastic and metal surfaces.
Grunge is characterized by classic window decoration techniques using modern materials, loft and contemporary for beauty without frills.
Fusion and pop art can afford to be defiantly bright and unusual; Japanese curtains, blinds, bright plain pleats, photo curtains, rope curtains to create a bohemian atmosphere, crossed curtains are suitable for such interiors.
Shabby chic, chalets, provence, boho, country music gravitate towards provincial romance with natural motives. Natural fabrics and floristic patterns in different colors and sizes will come in handy for decorating windows with textiles.
Vintage stands out among modern styles, which is a paradoxical phenomenon, since it uses things from bygone eras. It is characterized by a retrospective several decades ago, hereditary values and things in the spirit of "treasures from the mezzanine".
Interesting ideas for an apartment
The beautiful design of an apartment implies an interior in a style that matches the size and layout of the apartment, and the taste preferences of its owners.
- For studio modern styles are perfect, in which free zoning of space, freedom and elements of creativity are welcome. Window decoration in this case may be the most unexpected, but priority is given to light translucent fabrics that let in natural light, which is necessary for visual airiness and visual enlargement of a small area.
- In the design of apartments with a standard layout it is important to consider their size and the number of windows. It is convenient to decorate one large one so that it becomes the central element of the composition. For this, classic views with lambrequins or more modern vertical photo blinds with a bright image are suitable. This technique works when decorating a hall and designing a living room.
- If you need to distinguish between a room and a hallway, accordion blinds or rope curtains will come to the rescue. The blinds completely isolate the rooms from each other, and the thread canvases will create more lightness and airiness.
- For bedroom it is important to use roller shutters, horizontal and vertical blinds, blackout in combination with airy tulle. This will make it possible to let in a lot of light into the room during the day and completely darken the bedroom at night.
Window framing in a private house
The possibilities of designing curtains in a private house or cottage are often much wider than in an apartment with a standard layout. Here you can find attics with skylight windows, and huge living rooms, where there are from two to five windows, and exits to the balcony from the room.
The decoration depends on the dominant style in the house, the size of the windows (often non-standard), the type of curtains.
In a classic wooden interior (ethnic Russian style, eco directions), curtains made of natural fabrics, a combination of dense and light fabrics, classic types of curtains will be appropriate. A variety of draperies on the curtain tape and playing with color will help to add zest.
Designers advise adhering to universal rules:
- Curtains should be combined with the decoration of the walls, floor and ceiling in color or texture;
- You can decorate several windows in one room in different colors, the main thing is to adhere to one style and choose harmonious combinations;
- The paler the walls, the brighter the curtains can be, and vice versa;
- Drawing on the curtains can and should work to visually increase the space, as well as their shade.
More modern finishes require appropriate materials and decoration methods.
In the choice of curtains or blinds, the parameters of the windows play an important role. In typical apartments, there are windows with a height of 60, 90, 120, 140, 150, 180 centimeters and a width of 160 to 180 cm.
The width of textile curtains and vertical blinds is measured along the width of the cornice with an increase of 10-15 centimeters on each side. Length - from the eaves to the expected length (to the windowsill, below the windowsill, to the floor).
The width of roller blinds and horizontal blinds is determined by the distance from the glazing bead to the glazing bead, since they are mounted directly on the frame. The length is measured along the window opening.
For information on how to measure and calculate the height of the curtains, see the next video.
Colors and decor
The color spectrum is very important in interior design. What colors to choose is a matter of taste, but there is an important rule that designers recommend adhering to: curtains should be combined in shades with furniture and wall decoration.
Living room and hall, with rare exceptions, they do not need to be decorated with materials that will completely block natural light. It is appropriate for transparent and translucent fabrics of different shades and almost all types of curtains, except for horizontal blinds. Crossed plain curtains made of light fabrics or veils of two colors, classic patterns with textured textiles, using ribbons as decor are beautifully combined. It is worth paying attention to the classic combinations (black and white, red and gold, shades of milky tones), warm gradients (coffee, cinnamon, honey, rich greens, orange), a pastel palette.
Bold modern interiors such as fusion or contemporary can afford stylization for different materials and a more juicy palette (fuchsia, yellow, blue, pomegranate).
Given the specifics of the kitchen, it is worth giving preference to washable curtains that are attached to the frame or deepened into it. These can be blinds made of colored plastic, aluminum, wood, all types of roller shutters made of thick washable fabric.
Curtains in the bedroom should create coziness and an atmosphere suitable for relaxation. It is important to isolate this area from prying eyes and choose the most light-opaque fabrics. Moreover, it is convenient to combine them with transparent veils. If the bedroom also serves as a workplace, vertical blinds made of noble fabrics, chic monochromatic curtains that can be green (soothing color), dark blue, gray and brown shades, pleated blinds and all variations of blackout fabric look beautiful.
For a children's room, light fabrics with bright patterns are suitable, for a study - bamboo or wood, for a corridor - rope.
How to choose for different windows?
The type of curtains is not always chosen only on the basis of taste preferences, sometimes it is dictated by the need to decorate a window of a non-trivial shape.
You can close a window opening with a wide window sill with Japanese curtains, any classic version, vertical blinds.
For of roof windows, special pleated curtains are created, the design of which prevents sagging on an inclined plane.
The decor of a small window is convenient because you can use any of the existing types of design.
It is convenient to hang "hourglass", screen and Chinese curtains on a narrow and high window. Also, Chinese curtains and roller shutters are suitable for non-standard square-shaped windows.
It is convenient to decorate trapezoidal, round, triangular windows using blinds on a flexible cornice.
Ideas and examples of interior design
There are many design ideas with one curtain made of interesting material. Ribbons, braid, buttons and clips are used as additional decoration.
The easiest way is to modify the classics by combining plain and patterned curtains both on one window and on several windows in different colors.
The use of Chinese, rope and bamboo curtains gives the window an unusual and original look.
An elite interior requires fabrics of appropriate quality and color. Australian-style velvet curtains, English tapestries, natural fabrics, vertical wooden blinds can give it a proper look.
It makes sense for a girl's room to purchase curtains of romantic or calm colors with different decor, oriental fabrics, silks and patterns. The men's room is more inclined towards restrained and noble colors, fabrics without texture, ruffles and ribbons.
An exclusive design, developed taking into account the parameters of the window and the style direction in the interior of the house, always looks beautiful.